Despite the success of the ant farm and his other "housing" projects, it might be argued that Austin's most influential work was his involvement in the field of medical imaging. In 1896, Austin, together with Professor Edwin Frost and Dr. Gilman Frost took the first American x-ray photograph of the human body when they imaged the wrist of Eddie McCarthy who had fallen while ice skating.
|Eddie McCarthy's wrist|
|Eddie McCarthy being x-rayed|
Ask for MS-186 to see Austin's papers as well as the photo file for "X-Ray". A guide to Austin's papers is available.